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But then again
▪ She says she’s thirty-five. But then again she might be lying.
If...then I’m a Dutchman
If that ball was out, then I’m a Dutchman.
Just then (=exactly at that moment)
Just then, Mrs Robovitch appeared at the bedroom door.
only then did/would/could etc sb do sth (=at that moment and not before)
▪ Only then did she tell him about the attack.
since then
▪ I left school in 1995, and since then I’ve lived in London.
Well then
▪ ‘James doesn’t want to come to the cinema with us.’ ‘Well then, let’s go on our own.’
(every) now and then/now and again
and then some
▪ This book will tell you everything you wanted to know about wine - and then some.
Some other examples are given of this approach, and then some systems are considered which extend non-statistical methods.
▪ But every now and then some patient managed to break through the mental barrier erected by training, habit, and self-defence.
▪ He met his goal, and then Some.
▪ It usually does, and then some.
▪ So many corpses; and then some more, to sugar the porridge of death.
▪ That they did, and then some.
▪ The Becketts have a full house and then some.
▪ This is a team that will need both, and then some.
but then (again)
▪ He doesn't have a strong French accent, but then he's lived here for twenty years.
▪ I don't think she liked my present, but then again it could just be my imagination.
▪ You feel really sorry for him, but then again it's hard to like him.
▪ Death still seemed impossible but then I suppose it always does.
▪ He began it, but then he stopped because he decided that it wasn't an interesting enough story.
▪ He couldn't help feeling sorry for the chap, but then he also felt sorry for Liza.
▪ Innes McInnes was taller than I'd expected, but then how tall should a millionaire be?
▪ Powell achieved a similar feat, but then resigned.
▪ She told me, but then quickly looked away.
▪ The Kite A brother and sister argue but then Ben loses his kite and Sally rescues it.
▪ The Library of Congress Classification Scheme is very evidently enumerative, but then all the major classification schemes are.
even now/then
Even now I find it hard to believe Brenda's story.
▪ Her only hope is an operation, but even then she may not get well.
▪ And, even then, Morris played footsie with prominent Republicans, such as Sen.
▪ Athletes are stronger now but he'd be strong even now.
▪ But even then we had entirely different ways of looking at things.
▪ I'd only been aware of one war in the past on television, though even then distantly.
▪ I can hear them even now, Harry, even as I try to concentrate on writing this letter.
▪ I have to quiz him about everything and even then he won't tell the whole truth.
▪ I knew even then that I inherited a history which defined who I was.
▪ It has fueled tension, misery and bloodshed even now after the Cold War has ended.
every now and then/again
▪ A volcano erupts because a terrible creature is imprisoned in the mountain and every now and then struggles to get free.
▪ Although it would be nice to see some one apart from Strach get annoyed on the pitch every now and then.
▪ But every now and then some patient managed to break through the mental barrier erected by training, habit, and self-defence.
▪ Eventually she could play in the next room with you calling out to her or checking on her every now and then.
▪ He sort of slips the surly bonds of fact every now and then.
▪ I get right sick, every now and then, at the bad news.
▪ The answer is to drop back to conscious competence every now and again to check things out and eradicate the bad habits.
▪ The dailies would clock him every now and then, leaving his flat and cowering under a flash of camera light.
now then
Now then, you'll be eighty-four in August - is that right?
▪ Back in you go for now then.
then/there again
▪ And then again, it may not.
▪ But then again, it might not.
▪ He almost pranced along the passage with his pet and I hoped fervently that I would not see them in there again.
▪ I do not think that I shall go back there again.
▪ I read to her every night at six-and then again before she goes to bed.
▪ Scamp had an airtight alibi, naturally, but then again young Leakey never said who exactly had done it.
▪ They drove by again and then again, each time slower and more menacingly.
there and then
▪ He decided against buying a ticket there and then but satisfied himself with getting a list of trains to Rome.
▪ I thought Charlie would be there and then Roderick came.
▪ If she wasn't being paid by his rich over indulgent parents, she would have punished him there and then.
▪ If you make any kind of a mistake, you should re-record the offending passage there and then.
▪ Or perhaps he was waiting for them to start counting their blessings there and then.
▪ She went into labour right there and then.
▪ They want to talk about it there and then, with passion and prejudice.
▪ We wanted to get married there and then.
▪ ""I'm full up.'' ""Does that mean you don't want any dessert then?''
▪ Add a cup of sugar. Then beat in three eggs.
▪ Bob sat down and read the letter again slowly. Then and only then did it begin to sink in that Stella was really dead.
▪ Both sides must forget about the past. Then and only then can there be peace.
▪ Don't make eye contact - then they won't ask for money.
▪ First Sue was a teacher. Then she was an artist. Who knows what she'll do next!
▪ First we played tennis, and then we went swimming.
▪ First you need to collect all the information and make detailed notes. Then you can start to actually write your essay.
▪ Fry the onions gently, and then add the meat and cook for a few minutes.
▪ I finished cleaning and then I took a little nap.
▪ I sat down at my desk and got out a pile of reports to read. Just then, the phone rang.
▪ I should be finished work by noon. Would you like to get together then?
▪ It was then that Jan realized he had lied to her.
▪ Just wait until July -- all the exams will be over by then.
▪ School starts in September, and until then I'll be staying with friends.
▪ She thought back over her early married life; everything had been so different then.
▪ Altematively, you can place the frozen, cut nuts in boiling water and then slowly return the water to a boil.
▪ Back then, nearly anything associated with oil-rich Texas seemed to be a hot product.
▪ He looked away and then looked back.
▪ If the technology is used for more than word processing then lawyers will certainly need to be trained.
▪ The only comfortable position was standing up because then the fluid drained away and stopped pressing against his lungs.
▪ They took a flavor of Don Rickles and then they cross the line.
▪ You sought out your supporters, briefed them beforehand, then went into the meeting knowing you had strength in numbers.
▪ The plan was revealed by Anatoli Sivak, then president of Sidanco, in February 1997.
▪ The charity had been set up in 1970 by the wife of the then president, Georges Pompidou.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Then \Then\ ([th][e^]n), adv. [Originally the same word as than. See Than.]

  1. At that time (referring to a time specified, either past or future).

    And the Canaanite was then in the land.
    --Gen. xii. 6.

    Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
    --1 Cor. xiii. 1

  2. 2. Soon afterward, or immediately; next; afterward.

    First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
    --Matt. v. 24.

  3. At another time; later; again. One while the master is not aware of what is done, and then in other cases it may fall out to be own act. --L'Estrange. By then.

    1. By that time.

    2. By the time that. [Obs.]

      But that opinion, I trust, by then this following argument hath been well read, will be left for one of the mysteries of an indulgent Antichrist.

      Now and then. See under Now, adv.

      Till then, until that time; until the time mentioned.

      Note: Then is often used elliptically, like an adjective, for then existing; as, the then administration.


Then \Then\, conj.

  1. Than. [Obs.]

  2. In that case; in consequence; as a consequence; therefore; for this reason.

    If all this be so, then man has a natural freedom.

    Now, then, be all thy weighty cares away.

    Syn: Therefore.

    Usage: Then, Therefore. Both these words are used in reasoning; but therefore takes the lead, while then is rather subordinate or incidental. Therefore states reasons and draws inferences in form; then, to a great extent, takes the point as proved, and passes on to the general conclusion. ``Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God.''
    --Rom. v. 1. ``So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.''
    --Rom. x. 17.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

adverb of time, Old English þanne, þænne, þonne, from Proto-Germanic *thana- (cognates: Old Frisian thenne, Old Saxon thanna, Dutch dan, Old High German danne, German dann), from PIE demonstrative pronoun root *to- (see the).\n

\nAs a conjunction, "in that case, therefore," in Old English. As an adjective, "being at that time," from 1580s. As a noun from early 14c. For further sense development, see than. Similar evolutions in other Germanic languages; Dutch uses dan in both senses, but German has dann (adv.) "then," denn (conj.) "than." Now and then "at various times" is attested from 1550s; earlier then and then (c.1200).


a. being so at that time adv. (label en temporal location) At that time. conj. (obsolete spelling of than English) n. That time


adj. at a specific prior time; "the then president" [syn: then(a)]

  1. n. that time; that moment; "we will arrive before then"; "we were friends from then on"

  2. adv. subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors); "then he left"; "go left first, then right"; "first came lightning, then thunder"; "we watched the late movie and then went to bed"; "and so home and to bed" [syn: so, and so, and then]

  3. in that case or as a consequence; "if he didn't take it, then who did?"; "keep it then if you want to"; "the case, then, is closed"; "you've made up your mind then?"; "then you'll be rich"

  4. at that time; "I was young then"; "prices were lower back then"; "science as it was then taught"


Then may refer to:

  • Then language, spoken in Guizhou, China
  • Then (Canadian series), a 1999 compilation album released in Canada
  • Then (Misako Odani album), a 2002 album by Japanese singer Misako Odani
  • Then: The Earlier Years, a 1997 compilation album by rock band They Might Be Giants
  • "Then" (The Charlatans song), 1990
  • "Then" (Brad Paisley song), 2009
  • Part of the "if-then-else" conditional construct in computer programming
Then (Misako Odani album)

Then is an album by Japanese singer/pianist Misako Odani, released March 21, 2002 on the Universal label. It was co-produced by Misako and Hirokazu Sakurai.

Track 9 was later featured on the compilation album LOVE-51 ~アイニコイ. In the CD booklet, it is listed as being the "winter wedding song for Mr. & Mrs. Amane".

Then (The Charlatans song)

"Then" is the third single released by the English alternative rock band The Charlatans. It was released on 10 September 1990 and was the second single from the group's debut album; Some Friendly. It reached #12 on the UK Singles Chart, #11 Irish Singles Chart and #4 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in the US.

Then (Brad Paisley song)

"Then" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Brad Paisley. It is his twenty-third entry on the Billboard country charts, debuting at number 26 on the chart week of April 4, 2009. The song is the lead-off single from his seventh studio album, American Saturday Night, which was released via Arista Nashville on June 30, 2009. It is one of Paisley's four songs certified 2× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, the others being " She's Everything", " Whiskey Lullaby", and " Remind Me". Paisley wrote this song with Ashley Gorley and Chris DuBois.

Usage examples of "then".

Why then should not this first, primitive, health-enjoying and life-sustaining class of our people be equally accommodated in all that gives to social and substantial life, its due development?

We shall, then, proceed at once to discuss their proper accommodation, in the cheapest and most familiar method with which we are acquainted.

I hung up, got through to the duty engineer officer, asked him to detain some men to come to the passenger accommodation, made another call to tommy wilson, the second officer, then asked to be put through to the captain.

Sophie went to the piano, played with feeling, and then sang some Italian airs, to the accompaniment of the guitar, too well for her age.

Then, turning towards me, he says that I look like a foreigner, and when I say that I am an Italian he begins to speak to me of the court, of the city, of the theatres, and at last he offers to accompany me everywhere.

The older girl opened the door and, with a nervous little giggle, pushed her accomplice into the closet, then followed, closing the door.

Then supper was prepared sumptuously, and the new companion said unto the other, You ought to accompt me not onely your Captaine in robbery and fight, but also in pleasures and jolity, whereupon by and by with pleasant cheere he prepared meat, and trimming up the house he set all things in order, and brought the pottage and dainty dishes to the Table: but above all he plyed them wel with great pots and jugs of wine.

For my part, I shall take all immaginable care that the Fathers who preach the Holy Gospell to those Indians over whom I have power bee not in the least ill treated, and upon that very accompt have sent for one of each nation to come to me, and then those beastly crimes you reproove shall be checked severely, and all my endevours used to surpress their filthy drunkennesse, disorders, debauches, warring, and quarrels, and whatsoever doth obstruct the growth and enlargement of the Christian faith amongst those people.

This, then, is compelling oneself, and, clearly, it is not contrary to liberty and rationality, but in accord with them.

We also know-now-that Elser lived on at Sachsenhausen and then Dachau concentration camps, being accorded, apparently on the express orders of Hitler, who had personally gained so much from the bombing, quite humane treatment under the circumstances.

We would then be faced with the problem of the respect to be accorded the legislative judgment on an issue as to which, in default of that judgment, we have been forced to depend upon our own.

In his early days at Andersen, Duncan struck up a friendship with Causey, then just another accountant in the Houston office.

Then, thanks to mark-to-market accounting, most of that could be booked as income.

But somehow it flowed along the field lines and then into the accretion disk.

Take away the opportunity of the individual to accumulate wealth for himself, and you remove the temptation for fraud, theft and numerous other crimes, for there is then no incentive left for them.